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MALDIVES TRAVEL GUIDE
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Travel to the Maldives

Travel to the Maldives    by TJ Tierney

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Try the Maldives for a striking tropical vacation.
If you are looking for extreme luxury with tropical surroundings, you don't have to look any further - the Maldives is a perfect destination for a once in a lifetime vacation.

Once a completely remote and isolated tropical paradise, the Maldives has now become a very popular holiday destination for Europeans and Americans. The Maldives is made up of a group of atolls with luxury resorts scattered around its coastline.

The Republic of Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean. Situated south of India and south west of Sri Lanka, the Maldives total twenty-six atolls with over 1000 small islands, most of which are inhabitable.

Most of the resorts have their own entities with some resorts taking up whole islands - these resorts offer great privacy and ensure a relaxing vacation. Nearly all of the holiday resorts are located on the five main atolls, which are Kaafu, Vaavu, Baa, Alifu and Lhaviyani. Alifu is the main tourist zone where new hotels and resorts are in the process of being built.

Woman Snorkelling, Kurumba Island, North Male Atoll, Kaafu, Maldives
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Travelling to the Maldives is pretty straightforward. Standard travel documents, such as a passport are needed, but you don't need a visa. Visas are only required if you are planning to work there.
Small Fishing Boat (Dhoni) in the Crystal Clear Waters off the Maldives, Maldives
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Accommodation in the Maldives differs from resort to resort and from island to island. Some resorts offer basic huts with outdoor bathroom facilities that will give you the traditional island feel, while others offer all the standard services that we are accustomed too.

Most of the resorts in the Maldives provide some, or all, types of water trips. Night time fishing trips are a special treat. The Maldives is also known as one of the best diving destinations in the world and the resorts cater very well for this. Most of the resorts have got their own diving school.

The seas around the Maldives also provide great areas for snorkelling; the coral reefs are amazing and are full of great and wonderful marine life. 

But to see the full extent of the amazing sea around the Maldives you need to go deep into the sea. A deep-sea dive will certainly be worth it and these are widely available.

The Maldives is also a perfect spot for any type of water sports, especially windsurfing and scuba diving and is also a great destination for sailing and water-skiing.

Most of the resorts have their own bars and restaurants. The food is similar on most resorts with restaurants ranging from Oriental to Middle Eastern. Most resorts have coffee shops that serve light snacks. Fish and rice are the two most common dishes in the Maldives.

If you are looking for some thing different a cruise around the islands of the Maldives is certainly the best way to see the area. This is a unique experience and will give you a great insight into the region.

The resorts of the Maldives are very well known for their lavish spa treatment. Along with its stunning white sandy beaches and glorious sunshine the Maldives will certainly make for a great holiday.

Traditional Maldivian Yacht or Dhoni, Maldives
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About the Author: TJ Tierney is an award winning photographer and a freelance writer. To find out more information on the Maldives visit www.trovoo.com

Surfing In The Maldives   by Sean Friedman

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Mendu Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean
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Surfing in the Maldives has increased in popularity quite dramatically since the mid 90's when the O'Neill Deep Blue Contest was held at Lohifushi. 

There are a load of fantastic breaks in the Maldives; however, there are only a few within the tourism zone. These breaks are also only really surfable from March to November. It is imperative that you plan ahead if you are thinking of surfing in the Maldives. You must have your accommodation booked for the entire duration of your stay before you land. The Maldives are not an area where you can just turn up with your board and head for the waves!

The southwest monsoon hits the Maldives between May and November and this is generally when the best breaks occur. June is generally the time of year when bad weather and large storms hit, so surfing is not so good, however there can be some huge swells for the more adventurous surfer. The best known breaks are found in North Male Atoll, this area can get very crowded especially if there are a few surfing safari boats around. Some of the best spots are:

  • The Chickens - Left hander
  • Cola's - Right hander
  • Lohi's - Left hander
  • Jailbreaks - Right hander
  • Sultans - Right hander
There are also some breaks in South Male Atoll; however, these are generally smaller than and not as reliable as those in North Male Atoll. There are not as many surfing safaris here either, and it is more difficult to find anyone who knows the breaks well.

On the outer Atolls are a few decent breaks, however if you plan to make a special trip out here, make sure you use a reliable boatman, and do some research before you leave.

Most of the surfing resorts are in North Male Atoll, however there are only a couple that will cater for surfers by providing a regular boat services to the waves. Dhoniveli Beach, Lohifushi, and Club Med Kani, are three resorts that offer excellent surfing services. They all either have breaks nearby or a regular boat service to the closest waves. They also have bars and viewing facilities setup to enjoy the surfing in comfort.

If you want to enjoy a surfing holiday in the Maldives you really need to do some research and plan ahead or you may be disappointed.

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About the Author: The Maldives have some of the best sites I've ever surfed, for more info on these sites visit www.maldivesholidaysite.com

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Angsana Ihuru, North Malé Atoll
One of the most picturesque islands in the Indian Ocean, Ihuru is an exquisite tropical paradise waiting to be discovered. Blessed with palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and pristine house reefs, the eco and guest-friendly retreat is located on the North Malé Atoll, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Malé. Blending splendid villa living, holistic spa pleasures and ecological adventures, Angsana Maldives Ihuru also offers eco-conservation programmes, escorted snorkelling safaris and reef excursions for a truly unforgettable holiday. From time to time, the self needs solitude, space and peace to recharge its batteries. Our spa retreats are designed to be sanctuaries for the inner self, to refresh and rejuvenate your spirit as well as your physical being.
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, North Malé Atoll
Cast away on the main atoll in the paradisiacal Maldives archipelago, you experience a sense of magic and romance at the quintessential Maldives resort, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Enjoy the best of Maldives on land and in the water as Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru offers up the best of all worlds including one of the best house reefs in the Maldives that is easily accessible from your villa. You'll find paradise here - catching the sea breeze as you wake up in the morning, snorkeling over coral and marine life just steps away from your private villa entrance, luxuriating in the comfort of your elegant five-star Maldives beach villa or a luxury Maldives spa, and marvelling at the beautiful Maldives sunset and magnificent splash of stars in the night. On top of that, enjoy complimentary wi-fi in public areas and in your villa.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The Conrad Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island is set on a white sandy beach amid tropical gardens, and is arrived at by seaplane from Male, 90 kilometres away. Some villas are set on stilts in the ocean and some are sited on the beach.  Dining options include the Sunset Grill, set 50 metres from the shore on stilts over a reef, and the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, an all-glass undersea restaurant offering diners 360-degree views of the surrounding reef life. The Atoll Market Place has 8 different show kitchens, each offering a different type of cuisine, including Italian, Sri Lankan and Japanese. Guests can experience complete relaxation in the glass-floored Over-Water Spa, with treatments ranging from traditional Thai, Ayurvedic and Swedish massages to cleansing treatments and seaweed body wraps.
Kuramathi Island Resort
An emerald jewel in the turquoise Maldivian waters. Acres of luxuriant vegetation. Spectacular beaches tapering into an endless sandbank. Wander the narrow winding paths lined with thick foliage that snake their way across the island. Gaze up into the ancient banyan tree and spot the cranes nesting in the topmost branches. On this stunning Maldives island resort, you can stroll along sandy white beaches and dip your toes in the water to cool off on a balmy day. Spend leisurely hours exploring the vibrant reefs or an afternoon of extravagance at the spa. Indulge in dining and wining experiences to suit your every desire. An ideal holiday retreat that offers something for everyone.
Kurumba, Vihamanafushi, North Malé Atoll
Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male Atoll, conveniently located a brief 10-minute speedboat ride away from the airport and Male, the Maldivian Capital. Dotted with coconut trees that are the islandís namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in The Maldives. Lush tropical gardens, white sandy beaches, and a vibrant House Reef are the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort. The resort will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences, recreational activities, and entertainment while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and families alike.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, North Malé Atoll
Situated on our own private island with spa, just a 15-minute boat ride from Malé Airport, we offer beachside or over-water accommodation.  Enjoy the relaxed, tropical atmosphere of our free form fresh-water pool with adjacent waterfall and children's pool. Located outdoor in the heart of the resort, with ample sun lounges. Welcome to a calming and tranquil sanctuary in the tropical paradise of the Maldives. Reward yourself and experience our private spa island, with an array of signature and nurturing treatments in the secluded ambience of your own spa pavilion. Enjoy a game on our resort tennis court. The court is lit for additional availability in the cooler evening. Racquet rental and ball hire available.
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, South Male Atoll
The beachfront Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, located on a private island, is encircled by the azure waters of one of the largest lagoons on South Male Atoll in the Maldives. The local fishing village of Gulhi is positioned nearby, where local artisans market handicrafts.  This resort offers dining options that range from casual, open-air restaurants to formal, gourmet settings. All-day dining is presented at 24 Degrees that boasts a multi-cuisine menu. The Deep End Restaurant prepares Mediterranean dishes paired with fine wines. The stylish Equator Bar boasts a walk-in wine cellar and serves a choice of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. The Taj Spa, an authentic Indian spa, offers an array of signature wellness therapies administered in ocean-facing pavilions. The Water Sports Centre offers a PADI-certified Dolphin Base Dive.
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